What’s happening in space right now and what are man’s future exploration goals?

Learning Objectives

  • To describe what is happening in space right now.
  • To identify the key aims and timescales for Moon and Mars exploration.
  • To understand why these goals have been set.
  • To be able to describe the benefits of this exploration to life on earth.
  • To create an idea bank of futuristic space goals.


  • Introduction to Sue Palmer.
  • May's Moon and today's workshop objectives.
  • Group discussion on future space goals.
  • What's happening in Space Right Now.
  • What skills and attributes do you need to be an astronaut or space resident?
  • Moon science, technology and missions.
  • Design your own moon base.
  • How to do we make it to Mars?
  • What do we get from space travel?
  • Quiz - let's test your knowledge and listening.
  • Moon poems.

Learning Outcomes

  • I can talk about the benefits of space exploration for life on earth.
  • I can identify the key aims and timescales for Moon and Mars exploration.

Space News

Information and articles about what’s happening in space right now: from Moon missions to Mars exploration and life on the International Space Station.

24 July 2020
NASA cartoon image of the Mars Perseverance rover

Perseverance Rover searches for life 33 million miles away on Mars

Perseverance Rover searches for life on Mars NASA hopes to get one step closer to answering the question about life on Mars when they launch the new car-sized Perseverance rover on its 33 million mile journey […]
15 June 2020
Dragon, wings out, flying in space

Dragons in Space make History

Fire in the Sky Were you lucky enough to see two amazing sights in the UK skies on the night of the 30th May 2020?   Seeing the super bright light of the International Space Station […]
11 July 2019
Moon Madness — S Y Palmer

Moon Madness

50 years since our first Moon visit Moon Madness and why Earth’s Satellite has such a big pull A few days ago, I was a car passenger with a friend. After enduring the erratic driving of […]
5 October 2017
Mars Lander, Exploration, Red Planet

Can you visit Mars?

NASA is giving you the chance to send your name to Mars! Yes, if you sign up by the 1st November 2017, you can get your own boarding pass to Mars, like the one below. Your […]